Our slide programs cover a wide range of topics from US National Parks to finding nature right in our own back yards. They have been enjoyed by many audiences, from children to seniors, and everyone in between!  We offer photo workshops that vary in length from one to four hours and are accessible to photographers of any skill level.  Simply contact us to arrange a program for your group!

Nature at Your Doorstep

If you think you have to travel to the far corners of the earth to explore the beauty of the natural world, think again! Birds, flowers, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians abound in New York's Capital Region and just beyond. This program highlights the species that can be found in our own backyards and just a few hours’ drive beyond. Some of the region’s most popular natural areas are included in this program. So come and watch, then get out and enjoy nature right in our own region!

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Nature's Beauty From Coast to Coast

From sandy Atlantic beaches, to rocky Pacific cliffs; from lush valleys full of ferns and flowers to stark deserts; from lofty mountains to flowing rivers, our country offers a vast array of habitats and scenery. Join us as we explore many of these natural places of immense beauty.

Stormy Sky Over White Sands

Attracting Birds to Your Backyard

We all enjoy the birds in our own backyards. In this slide-illustrated program, we cover the basics of attracting birds with food, water, and shelter. We cover types of feeders and feed, plantings and cover for birds, and common questions such as squirrels and hawks. Photographs show many of the common and less common backyard visitors to the northeast. Enjoy the show, and bring your questions!

**Note: We also offer an expanded, two-hour version of this program as a workshop, offered to educational groups.

Snowy Blue Jay

America's National Parks

From Maine’s rocky coast to Florida’s everglades, through the great plains and badlands, to the mountains and deserts of the west, and on to the unique habitats of Hawaii and Alaska, we explore through photography the scenic wonders and wildlife diversity preserved through our National Park System.

Old Faithful

Florida's Everglades

Purple Gallinules, Roseate Spoonbills, nesting wading birds and wintering passerines; alligators, crocodiles, and colorful tree snails; all are part of the rich yet fragile Everglades. From the ”River of Grass” to Florida Bay, we explore this park’s major habitats and share its best birding areas through pictures. The program concludes with a poignant photo/music reflection on this remarkable place. Discover what draws us again and again to spend a day - or even a week - in the Everglades.

Female Anhinga

Birding South Florida

From its sandy beaches and cypress swamps, to its city parks, to the magnificent grassy river of the everglades, south Florida continues to be a major destination for birds and birders.  Hawks, songbirds, and waterfowl abound, not to be outdone by a wonderful array of wading and shore birds.  Join us as we explore some of the hottest of south Florida's birding hotspots!

Wood Stork

The Nature of South Florida

So many people come to south Florida, and it's no surprise! The sun, the warmth, the beautiful beaches; its a destination for relocating, retiring, or just escaping to for a couple of weeks during the winter.  For however long your visit may be, we encourage you to take advantage of the beautiful natural history south Florida has to offer.  To that end, we offer this slide program, which features some of our favorite places for doing just that!

Liguus Tree Snail, Brown

From Sea to Sea: Birding Southern California

The advice to birders who want to see a lot of birds is often, "visit a lot of different habitats." For large numbers of very different habitat types, southern California is a winner. Our photo journey takes us from isolated islands off the Pacific coast near Ventura Beach to an inland sea created by an accident of nature. In between we encounter lush wetlands, barren deserts, scrublands, dry riverbeds, and city parks.  Many habitats, many birds.           

Santa Cruz Island

On the Edge: The Harrowing Lives of Birds

They fly. They sing. They are beautiful. One might thing that the life of a bird is all adventure, music, and romance. But for these tiny creatures, it often takes great vigilance just to survive. In this program we explore some of the strategies used by birds to successfully make their way in an often hostile environment.

New York State

Valley of Birds: Birding the Rio Grande Valley

The Rio Grande Valley of west Texas is one of the top birding areas of the US. With target species including Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, Clay-colored Thrush, Great Kiskadee, Least Grebe, and Green, Ringed, and sometimes even Amazon Kingfishers, "The Valley draws birders from all over the country.  This program highlights some of our favorite birding sites from the Gulf Coast to Laredo, as well as some of the spectacular birds that inhabit them.

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Exploring Alaska

Great forests, tundra, glaciers, and fjords surround the tallest mountain in North America! Even today, Alaska still looms as a last frontier, wholly remote and teeming with wildlife. It is with a sense of wonder and awe that we present our own impressions as we explore this wonderful land from Juneau to Barrow.

Grizzly Bear

Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to Nature Photography

Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers basic elements including light, composition, and focus, and how they apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. We also discuss tools and techniques in the field, and simple editing.

**Note:  This is available as a one-hour overview program, as one two-hour session, or as two two-hour sessions.

Bumble Bee

Distant Shores:  The Nature of Hawaii

Born of Fire and shaped by time and human activity, the Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated archipelago in the world. In this slide program we explore the four largest islands, from the youngest and still growing "Big Island" of Hawaii to the oldest and lushest "Garden Island" of Kauai, and Oahu and Maui in between. We will showcase ongoing volcanic activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the stark moonscape of Maui's Haleakala. Across the islands and In a setting of stunning tropical beauty, we look at Hawaiian plants and wildlife, both native and introduced, and the variation from windward to leeward sides of the islands. Sadly, many of Hawaii's native birds have already been lost and some that remain are in deep trouble. We'll explore some last vestiges of native habitat and highlight the birds that depend on them, discussing threats and efforts to save them. Join us for a revealing look at one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth!

Kalalau Lookout

Unbroken Wings: A Story of Birds and the People Who Saved Them

At the turn of the last century, birds in the US were facing multiple challenges. Entire species were disappearing or severely threatened. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was enacted in 1918 and has been credited with bringing species back from the brink. But despite this strong protection, new threats have appeared. From plume hunters and pesticides to the recovery of the Bluebird and Bald Eagle, we look at the history of species lost and species saved, conservation heroes, and birds whose range has changed in our lifetimes. We celebrate the successes along with the beauty of the birds to fortify our resolve to address current challenges facing avian populations.

Eagle Landing

Birding America's Southwest

Southeastern Arizona, with its "sky islands" and avian species that barely reach across the border from Mexico, has long been a mecca for birders. But surrounding areas have great birding too, and the whole region boasts scenery beyond compare. While we'll focus on Arizona south and east of Tucson, we'll also highlight some of the many reasons to consider expanding your forays to the Big Bend and Davis Mountains of west Texas as well as to southern Utah!

This slide-illustrated program illustrates many of the magnificent birding destinations in America's southwest. We 'explore' this region's fascinating habitats, from mountains to grasslands, deserts and the riparian areas that provide oases for birds. We’ll showcase the unique and beautiful birds within each of these areas, as we discuss places to go and when to visit.

Cactus Wren in Snow

Monarch

Monarch Butterflies are unique.  Seemingly fragile, they migrate 3,000 miles each fall to their wintering home in Mexico.  Their death-defying caterpillars live solely on toxic milkweed, then use this toxicity as a defense against predators.  Some of the details of their life cycle are still shrouded in mystery.  This program explores the world of these amazingly adapted and strong pollinators that are in steep decline in North America.  We look at some of the causes for their decline, and offer some steps we can take to help stop it, including creating a butterfly garden.

Monarch Butterfly

How to Photograph Birds

We all love birds and birding, but how do we best photograph them?  Whether it is to document a rarity, get that publishable shot, or capture the beauty of the birds in your backyard, there are techniques that will improve your ability to get the image that you want.  In this fast-paced one hour workshop we will cover the key elements of bird photography including light, composition, and focus.  We will discuss ways to approach birds in the field to capture the best shots, as well as some simple editing techniques and the equipment needed for bird photography.  Along the way we illustrate our points with some of our favorite photos of birds.

Least Grebe

Valley of Life:  The Beauty and History of Death Valley

With names like Coffin Peak, Funeral Mountains, Furnace Creek and Scorpion Lane, Death Valley commands respect.  It is the hottest place on the planet, and the lowest and driest place in North America.  Yet this harsh and beautiful land hosts a surprisingly diverse community of plants and animals.  It also played a vital place in our nation's history with its riches and challenging landscapes.  In this program we explore Death Valley National Park, the largest in the lower 48 states, protecting nearly 3.4 million acres of Mojave desert.  Join us as we examine both the human and natural history of this valley  of varied and beautiful habitats, from salt flats to dunes to the majestic mountains that surround it on all sides.  

Dune

FROM DESERT VALLEYS TO ISLANDS IN THE SKY: BIRDING SOUTHEAST ARIZONA

Southeastern Arizona, with its deserts, canyons, grasslands, riparian areas, and mountains close to Mexico, has long been a mecca for birders. From common species in the lovely Sonoran desert to hummingbirds, flycatchers, trogons, and passerines whose range just barely enters the US, the region entices birders in every season. The several "sky island" mountains allow the exploration of desert scrub to coniferous forests in a single day! This slide-illustrated program focuses on the unique birds and key birding destinations in the splendidly scenic beauty of southeast Arizona!

Pyrrhuloxia

Hudson:  The Story of a River

New York's iconic Hudson River changes dramatically as it journey's 315 miles from the Adirondacks to New York Harbor.  This photo tour highlights its development from a tiny, shallow, rocky stream to a raging freshwater river, to a tidal estuary below Troy.  We'll pass its deepest and widest points, view it from boats, shorelines and mountains, and observe the wildlife and habitats along its course as the river passes through forest, field, marshland, and cities large and small.  We'll take in the dramatic human history of this great river as well, observe its role in art, transportation and industry, and ponder its fundamental role in America's environmental movement.  Join us for this special look at "The River That Flows Both Ways."

Bear Mountain Bridge

Birding Alaska: 1100 Miles of the Last Frontier

Alaska is a must-visit destination for birders trying to see most of the species in North America. From breeding seabirds and Asiatic vagrants on remote Bering Sea islands to Bluethroats, Bristle-thighed Curlews, Arctic Warblers and more in the vast interior, to shorebirds and waterfowl that nest at the top of the world, Alaska is the place to go. But it is so much more, and birders are soon enthralled with the great forests, tundra, glaciers, and fjords which surround the tallest mountain in North America! Even today, Alaska still looms as a last frontier, wholly remote and teeming with wildlife. It is with a sense of wonder and awe that we present our own impressions as we explore the birds and majesty of this wonderful land from Juneau to Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).

Arctic Tern

Seasons of Five Rivers

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, NY has drawn generations to learn about nature and conservation, to teach their children and grandchildren, to walk and revel and become inspired by the great outdoors. From field to forest, ponds and flowing waters, DEC's Five Rivers' variety of habitats support an unusually wide variety of life within its 450 acres at the edge of suburbia, representing a microcosm of the natural riches of the Capital Region. Birds, mammals, amphibians, insects, and more await discovery here! More than 225 species of birds occur, with over 60 known to nest. Otters, beavers and muskrats frequent the ponds and streams, and deer are a constant presence in the fields. Butterflies nectar at the extensive pollinator garden and throughout the grounds. Beautiful dragonflies and damselflies frequent the ponds along with highly vocal frogs and toads. Join us for this up-close look at a year's worth of beauty and diversity of this beloved place that is such an integral part of the Capital Region!

Autumn by the Wood Duck Marsh